The Usuki Stone Buddhas of Oita Prefecture are comprised of four groups of carved stone Buddhas. It’s unclear why these Buddhas were carved here, however, it makes for a striking image.
Estimated to be carved around the 12th century, 59 of the statues were selected to be National Treasures of Japan and, as such, were the first national treasures of Kyushu. They were also the first stone Buddhas to be selected as national treasures.
Daily buses from Oita and Usuki Station ferry passengers to see the stone men. It remains a popular pilgrimage site.
Daily buses leave from Usuki and Oita stations. The trip takes 20 minutes by bus.